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Pope prepares to confront Mexico's gritty poverty

Pope prepares to confront Mexico's gritty poverty

Pope Francis early Sunday walked out of the papal envoy's residence where he is staying in Mexico City and greeted people who had been camped out for hours, ahead of a day that will include Mass in this especially dangerous, gritty suburb.

On his second full day in Mexico, Francis was traveling by helicopter here to Ecatepec, an impoverished, crime-ridden bedroom community outside the capital and home to some 2 million people. Later Sunday he will visit a children's hospital in Mexico City.

Along the streets in Ecatepec, people who had waited overnight huddled beneath blankets. With temperatures in the mid-30s, people sipped café de olla and scarfed...

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